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UNC-Chapel Hill student named 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Adriano Bellotti, a current student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Bellotti, 24, a Charlotte native, is among 36 Americans selected for the award from 800 U.S.…

A legacy of song

It was out of a shared passion for African-American style music that a group of Carolina freshmen came together to create the University’s first black a cappella group, the Harmonyx. The year was 1995, and although other singing groups were already well established on campus, none gave a voice to African-American students. “The main groups…

Five decades of striving for progress

When Preston Dobbins arrived in Chapel Hill in the summer of 1967, he was adamant about stepping away from the civil rights activism that he had devoted years to while living Chicago. “By the time I started here, I really had absolutely no interest in any kind of political things,” Dobbins said in a 1974…

Day in the life | Spin instructor

Carolina senior and environmental science major Andrea Orengo clocks a couple hundred hours on the spin bike each year, but it wasn’t always that way. “The first time I got on the bike, I almost passed out because I didn’t eat breakfast beforehand and I didn’t realize it was such a hard workout,” Orengo said.…

First-of-its-kind study accurately predicts autism in infants

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age. The study, published Feb. 15 in Nature, is the first to show it is possible to identify which…

Bringing the constellations to North Carolina

As Caelen Taylor watched the sunset and the night sky rise over the horizon, the light cast by the moon and stars revealed her awe-struck face. It’s not that she had never seen stars before, but at 9 a.m. — and while sitting on the hardwood floor of an auxiliary gym — you don’t expect to…

Nursing dean discovers a new home in Chapel Hill

After more than 13 years at the University of Miami, Nena Peragallo Montano said leaving her longtime home in Miami and her colleagues and friends there was a tough choice. But she told the audience at the Carolina Club on Feb. 9, which had gathered to welcome her to campus, that she has found a…

Black History Month lecture examines American quest for justice

Seeking justice has been at the core of the American experience from the very beginning. It led to freedom from English tyranny in 1776, and today it leads the charge for racial equality. For Brenda Stevenson, that constant challenge has become as American as apple pie. “The powerful rally cry of ‘No justice, no peace’…

Carolina Inn snags a star chef

While Greensboro is only 50 miles from Chapel Hill, bussing tables at the local Chi-Chi’s is culinary light years away from directing the cuisine of the historic Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Restaurant. But then new Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, who’s also an Ironman triathlete, likes to take the long way around. He returned to…